Our classic jewellery is crafted from alloy metals which are free of nickel and lead.
Over time, your jewellery may come in contact with moisture, acids, oils and air which react with the metal in the jewellery, causing it to eventually wear down and tarnish.
How quickly jewellery tarnishes depends on a number of factors - the way you care for them, your skin composition, the air around you and the processes and materials used to make them.
Tarnishing is often unavoidable but here are some steps you can take to help protect your jewellery
1. Keep It Dry
The fastest way to tarnish your jewelry is by contact with moisture and liquids. This includes putting on lotions, washing your hands, a spritz of perfume, and sweating with your jewels on. Even the oils on your skin can wear down the plating and metals over time - and this will again vary from person to person. Get your jewels wet by accident? Be sure to wipe and dry them off right away!
2. Store It Properly
Because exposure to the simplest things like the moisture in the air can wear down your jewellery, it's important to store them properly.
Storing your jewellery in a Ziplock bag is a great idea - but make sure you get rid of as much air as possible before sealing it. With the air removed, the metal won't be able to oxidize from the air.
3M anti-tarnish strips can also be used to prevent tarnishing. These super absorbent pieces of paper will basically eliminate the elements in the surrounding air that will cause your jewelry to tarnish over time. Stick one in your jewelry drawer, jewelry box or storage pouch.
3. Try a Jewelry Protectant Spray
Give your jewelry a protective shield to fight the elements that contribute to tarnishing. Not only can it protect your favorite pieces longer, but some sprays can also protect you from allergies like irritation, rashes and hives, that our extra sensitive girls get to costume jewellery.
Tarnish Me Not is a great jewellery protectant spray that can be used on all jewellery to keep it looking newer for longer and to shield against irritation. It's also 100% hypoallergenic and cruelty-free.
I know you're likely thinking this is a LOT of work. But if there's a particular piece that you're absolutely in love with and want to have for a long time, you know the steps you can take to keep it in the best condition.
A last tip - at the end of the day, fashion jewellery is prone to tarnishing. If this is something you're particularly concerned with, choosing pieces that are plated with gold, rhodium, vermeil, gold-filled and higher end fashion jewelry (that may come at a premium) will help extend its life. Alternatively, you can always invest in fine jewelry for classic, staple pieces. Choose the right jewels and take proper care of them! :)
Sterling Silver Jewellery
All of our personalised and sterling silver jewellery is crafted from high quality 925 sterling silver which is plated with rhodium.
We recommend removing your sterling silver jewellery before showering, exercising, spraying perfume, playing sport or sleeping to prevent tarnishing
If your Sterling Silver jewellery does start to discolour, we recommend using a product such as Ceraclen Silver Dip which can be purchased for around $10 from your local supermarket. This is an amazing product which will return your sterling silver (and silver alloy jewellery!) to it's original shiny state!
If you have any concerns about the quality of your jewellery please don't hesitate to get in touch using our contact form.